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  1. Hey fellow Android phone users, NBC SportsTalk app upgraded

    Dec 19, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

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    I’m just talking to my fellow Android phone users here (G2, to answer your question). The rest of you, just move along. I use the NBC SportsTalk app all the time. The one that lets you follow ProFootballTalk, HardballTalk, CollegeFootballTalk, ProHockeyTalk,and the rest (including this humble blog) from your phone or tablet. Best way to keep…

  2. Report: Chinese team considers releasing Kenyon Martin

    Dec 19, 2011, 8:07 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Four

    Turnover in the Chinese Basketball Association is common — especially with American players — but it hasn’t been that way with the NBA players inked to play there during the NBA lockout. At least not yet. That could be changing, ESPN’s Marc Stein reports. The Xinjiang Flying Tigers in China are giving strong consideration to…

  3. Nick Young to sign Wizards qualifying offer, will enter free agency 2012

    Dec 19, 2011, 12:26 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    Michael Lee of the Washington Post reports: Restricted free agent shooting guard Nick Young is in the process of catching a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Washington and is expected to sign his one-year, $3.7 million qualifying offer with the Wizards on Monday, according to people with knowledge of the situation. via Sources: Nick Young…

  4. The Sixers and a question of patience on the path to greatness

    Dec 18, 2011, 7:53 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Star power is an abject must in this league, from any angle. It’s not just about the fact that this is a player-driven league or that “good players are good.” It’s that they drive ticket sales and those players are essential to winning a title. Detroit is the only real team in the last… long,…

  5. Grizzlies’ Darrell Arthur suffers “serious Achilles injury”

    Dec 18, 2011, 5:39 PM EDT

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    Darrell Arthur came into his own last season. After injuries plagued his first two seasons, Arthur emerged as a legitimate weapon for the Grizzlies. He spent an inordinate amount of time working on his mid-range last year and became the Grizzlies’ best pick-and-pop weapon. When the Spurs decided in the playoffs to pick their poison…

  6. Report: Baron Davis will join Knicks

    Dec 18, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    Baron Davis Warriors

    Baron Davis will, eventually, be back under the bright lights of a big city basketball team. After being amnestied by the Cavaliers following a diagnosis of a bulging disc that will keep him out indefinitely, ESPN reports the former Warrior and Clipper (and Hornet) has decided to take the veteran minimum to join the New…

  7. The Houston Rockets have not gotten over the Pau Gasol trade falling through

    Dec 18, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    Spain's Pau Gasol looks at the timeboard

    It was supposed to be different this time. After years of trying to trade for a legitimate star or sign one in free agency and having it fall apart at every turn, the Rockets were going to land their big fish. It was there on the table. It was agreed to by all parties. And…

  8. Report: Warriors to trade Lou Amundson to Pacers for Brandon Rush

    Dec 18, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Golden State Warriors

    From Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times: UPDATE II: The Warriors are in the process of trading Lou Amundson, according to a team source. A second source confirmed it is for Indiana Pacers swingman Brandon Rush. Amundson was held out of Saturday’s game vs. Sacramento. It is not official and likely won’t be before…

  9. Suns successful in avoiding media circus around Nash’s impending free agency

    Dec 18, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Phoenix Suns

    The Suns held their annual media day on Friday, and overall, things were pretty quiet. Too quiet, even. Especially when you consider that the face of the franchise, heart and soul of the team, and two-time MVP Steve Nash is playing in the final year of his contract, and will be an unrestricted free agent…

  10. Ricky Rubio showed up

    Dec 18, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio of Spain eyes the ball durin

    After years of waiting, Ricky Rubio took the floor for the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bucks. The score isn’t important, it’s a preseason game. What is important is that Rubio finished with 6 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and just 1 turnover in 24 minutes. Not bad for the youngster’s…

  11. Kings claim Travis Outlaw off the amnesty wire: a story in 15 sentences.

    Dec 17, 2011, 11:12 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets forward Outlaw celebrates after scoring against the Toronto Raptors during triple overtime in their NBA game in London

    The following is a sentence-by-sentence explanation of a basketball transaction. Please forgive the one-line paragraphs in pursuit of novelty. The Kings today grabbed Travis Outlaw off the amnesty wire. Outlaw was not very good for the Nets last year, that’s why they used the amnesty clause on him. In fact, he was so bad he…

  12. Iman Shumpert debuts for the Knicks… and it was pretty good

    Dec 17, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    When Iman Shumpert was drafted, Knicks fans got excited. That’s pretty normal, right? Now, here’s where the story diverts into two tales. On the one hand, you have normal fans. “Hey, maybe Shumpert can contribute and eventually start.” Or, “Wow, he’s got great athleticism and an all-around game, he could really be a difference maker,…

  13. Report: Lakers to find salvation in Troy Murphy

    Dec 17, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Troy Murphy

    The Lakers have had a downright disastrous offseason, and it only lasted a week. Jerry Buss was in the hospital. A trade for Chris Paul was blocked by the league. The fallout resulted in Lamar Odom being traded to Dallas for essentially nothing. They spent money on Jason Kapono. Kobe Bryant‘s wife is divorcing him.…

  14. Kyrie Irving, Brandon Knight shine in preseason game which actually doesn’t tell us anything

    Dec 17, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Detroit Pistons

    You’re probably reading that headline and wondering what the point of the post is. The point is that after a seven month layoff from organized basketball, Friday was the first time we’ve seen Kyrie Irving and Brandon Knight play at the NBA level. As both players will have a huge impact on the directions of…

  15. Now what for the Boston Celtics? It’s not a pretty picture.

    Dec 17, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    What really matters in all of this is that Jeff Green will be fine and next season will return to the NBA. That is what is important. But Green being out for the entire NBA season following heart surgery leaves the Boston Celtics in a bind. Green was key to their chances this season —…

  16. Pistons re-sign Rodney Stuckey. Is continuity worth it?

    Dec 17, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Rodney Stuckey Chris Bosh

    (Update:  It’s official, Pistons have re-signed Stuckey.)   Yahoo! Sports reports:   Rodney Stuckey has agreed to a 3 year, $25M deal to stay with Pistons, league source confirms to Y!Sat Dec 17 16:21:18 via UberSocial for BlackBerryAdrian Wojnarowski WojYahooNBA   It’s a… well, it’s a move for the Pistons. It’s a matter of two extremes.…

  17. Celtics’ Jeff Green to miss entire season after heart surgery

    Dec 17, 2011, 11:43 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    We thought things didn’t sound good, and they are not for the Celtics. Jeff Green — expected to be Boston’s sixth man — will miss the entire season after surgery to fix an aortic aneurysm, the Celtics announced on Saturday. The important thing is that Green is expected to make a full recovery. This can…

  18. Hey, neat story, the NBA is back. (OK, kind of, it’s preseason.)

    Dec 17, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    You may have cursed both sides and wished a plague on both their houses. You may have considered quitting cold turkey. You may have forgotten what it looked like, sounded like, felt like. The ball sliding side to side, hypnotic. The rush of the first move as the defender is locked up like an icicle.…

  19. The Hornets may or may not have overpaid for their frontcourt

    Dec 17, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    The Hornets landed Carl Landry back in New Orleans the same day they traded Chris Paul for 1 year at $9 million. That’s not terrible, but it’s a bit much for Landry’s production. Then the Hornets brought back Jason Smith on Friday for three-years at $2.5 mllion per year. That’s not a bad bargain given…

  20. Report: Celtics’ Green will miss games due to mystery ailment

    Dec 16, 2011, 10:45 PM EDT

    Jeff Green

    This is the kind of thing that reminds you more of the Bruins or Patriots, not the Celtics. Which makes me nervous. Jeff Green remains out of Boston’s training camp and is expected to miss at least some games this season, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. The team is being very vague about whatever…

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